The regular season is winding down as we find ourselves a month away from NASCAR's Chase for the Championship. Let's admit it, for the last few years the Chase, and the Race for Chase, both have been lackluster affairs. I still hate the format of letting a driver only have to shine for the last ten races and be compared to former champs who had to do it all season long, but that's another rant.
Several interesting storylines are developing as the combatants invade Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night. Will Matt Kenseth miss his first Chase? Will RCR get a car in it? Will underfunded Juan Montoya and Kasey Kahne hang on to their Chase hopes? Will Kyle Busch lend some excitement to the Chase? Will Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart be the last two standing when we get to Homestead?
These questions will be answered over the coming weeks, but first the drivers have to survive the Bristol Battledome. Where dreams are dashed against the walls and scattered atop the high banked concrete warfield. We who are about to race, salute you!
NASCAR made it's ninth trip in nine years to the White House this week. President Obama took time out from his busy schedule of buying clunkers to meet with the stars of NASCAR. The Prez also mentioned that he wanted to visit a NASCAR race while campaigning. Yeah, I'm sure he wanted to get booed out of a place by 100,000 folks who weren't going to vote for him anyway.
NASCAR's star witness against Jeremy Mayfield, his step-mom Lisa, was arrested last weekend after showing up drunk at his home. She allegedly threatened him, his wife, and two employees and their family members. Looks like the ball is back in Mr Mayfield's court. I did finally see Lisa's picture, a mug shot. Golddigger? More like gravedigger.
After getting career win number two last week, Brian Vickers re-signed with Red Bull Racing. Mark Martin makes his 1,000th start Saturday night in Bristol. Interestingly, he turns 100 the next Saturday.
Last week RPM swapped crews and crew chiefs among the #44 and #43 teams. This week they named Wally Rogers as the new crew chief for Elliott Sadler in the #19. Sadler is thought to be leaving soon anyway, possibly getting in the Jack Daniels ride at RCR. E Sad and JD? No, makes too much sense.
This week, Jack Daniels "Toast the Troops" on Casey Mears' #07 Chevy. Paul Menard takes a peek at the wall with Peak on his #98. McClure Racing makes a return to their home track with Scott Wimmer doing the dirty work with the famous #4 sponsored by a Virginia coal company. Did I mention that Barry O praised NASCAR's "green" initiatives. Dale Earnhardt Jr's #88 Amp will be sugar free, much like his relationship with Victoria Lane.
Kings Dominion, an amusement park outside of Richmond, will introduce a Dale Earnhardt themed roller coaster next spring. The Intimidator 305 features a 300 foot almost straight drop, and 90 mile per hour speeds during it's thrill packed three minute ride. Hit the link for a virtual ride